Grateful Dead Live at Carousel Ballroom on 1968-03-30
The late March '68 recordings are often listed as sbds, and the topic of aud vs. sbd remains uncertain for these shows, though they sound as if they were recorded with micophones on stage. The material for disc 2 is likely from a different show, though it circulates with the rest of what is dated as 3-30-68. It is possible that two Lovelights could be played in a single show, and it is conceivable that these songs may have preceded those on disc 1.
--splice at 4:07 in The Eleven
--the first couple seconds of Born Cross Eyed are missing.
--minor clip at beginning of 2nd Lovelight
--splice at 0:26 in 2nd Lovelight
--glitch at 3:26 in Dancin'
--Sound Forge was used to patch a number of dropouts from an alternate source
Subject: Sometimes the Dead were pretty wasted
The banter afterwards is great as Jerry announces a democratic scheme to decide what they should play next (or not!). The choice is Dancin' in the Streets. That was a wise choice. During the lyric intro, you can hear Bobby going down that vibration tunnel and fear the worst. Do not fear the worst! Expect the best. And that is what you will receive. HAAHAHAH!!!!
Subject: You had to be there
Subject: Scary Times
This show was played during turbulent times. The Tet Offensive in Vietnam was playing out along with "the most trusted newsman in America", Walter Cronkite declaring the war a "stalemate". The night after this show was played President Johnson shocked the Nation by announcing at the end of a speech about Vietnam on national TV that he would not seek reelection as President. Just five days later Martin Luther King was murdered, followed by Bobby Kennedy a couple of months later... This was a truly ugly time. This is scary music played during a scary time.
Subject: I know I shouldn't do that
Subject: The last China Cat for a year; penultimate Cross-Eyed
The Other One pleases, and there’s craft in the Dark Star. This was the last time they played China Cat as the filler in the Dark Star-Eleven sandwich. They didn’t play China Cat again until ’69. The transition between China Cat and Eleven not smooth as in previous shows, but the jamming is hot. The Eleven is sweet. Fast and electric, it doesn’t get stuck. The first Lovelight is driving and exciting for most of it, but gets old (runs out of steam) about two-thirds into it.
This is the next to the last time they played Born Cross-Eyed—the next night was the final. It was performed live only a little over a dozen times, so enjoy! The Born Cross-Eyed>Spanish Jam combo is even rarer. Here, not the smoothest feedback transition to Spanish Jam. An okay Spanish Jam. Unfortunately, we only get a fragment of Death Don’t Have No Mercy. Too bad,
The rest of this tape may not be from this show. (See the other version of this tape here:
Dancing may or may not be part of this show, but it’s great! Dancin’ would have been a rarity in 1968 and much of 1967. But this is definitely not a ’66 recording, as Jerry has very different soloing style here than 1966 versions. Beat It on Down the Line is also common in the 1966 set list, but rare in ’68. (They picked it up agin in ’69.)
My complaint about this audience recording is that Pigpen’s keyboard is muted, which is a big part of the ’68 sound.
(Try 1/20 and 2/14 for truly outstanding 1968 shows here at Archive. Check out also Dick’s Picks Vol. 22 for another great Anthem-of-the-Sun era show.)
Subject: A corker!
Subject: Classic 68
Not the best of 68 though - get the Shrine 8/23 if you can find it.
Subject: Sounds good to me . . .
I don't understand people complaining about the low quality from the AUD source, or feeling obligated to excuse its low quality, when this archived version sounds 10x better than any copy you'll find circulating in the community. Maybe a younger generation has been spoiled by digital media??
This really does sound fantastic compared to my "A-" copy I've had for ten years, the best I'd come across until this morning. If you must find a reason to disagree then put on a pair of headphones and compare your old copy and you'll see what I mean, but it should be irrelevant given the quality of this AUD.
And how can you disregard a show like this from '68, especially with the rare Born Cross-eyed? The material from '68-'69 was special, lots of jams, lots of music. They never quite got back to there, although I think they incorporated some of it in 1970. I'm lapping it up all over again.
Subject: '60s AUDs
Subject: Great aud.
The sounds great man for 68.
Nice hits I guess?
89' gets a 5 over this show; you must be tripping?
Subject: great audience
Subject: Essential '68.
BTW, am I the only one to notice that the Dancin' switches sources? The source undoubtedly is a SBD from 2:34 or so until the end. I'm surprised the txt. file didn't mention this.
Subject: Height of the Dead
at their peak, ever. So if the sound is a little
murky, who gives a hoot. Use winamp's EQ to make it
as good as you can, light up, and enjoy.
I mean, look at the set list, and weep.
The live dates for Anthem are supreme.
Subject: very small diamond in a great big rough
Deadlists has everything after the first Lovelight being from an unknown date. Is it worth the DL? Hard to say...The Other One really swings and Dark Star gets a good stretch on its way to the nefarious land of ÃÂ¼bertine ice petals...
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